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Publication Date: 19/04/2009 

Community hospital wins award 

Lockhart Hospital praised for quality of care 

From left, Dr Bill Criggie, Alan Lawrie, Dr Jamie Hill (sitting), Ken Corsar, NHSL Chairman, and Sister Fiona Kettles 

From left, Dr Bill Criggie, Alan Lawrie, Dr Jamie Hill (sitting), Ken Corsar, NHSL Chairman, and Sister Fiona Kettles 

Lockhart hospital became the latest NHS Lanarkshire facility to win an internationally recognised award.

The Lanark community hospital proved it delivers the highest quality of patient care by successfully completing the Healthcare Accreditation Programme (HAP).

And at a recent ceremony Alan Lawrie, director of South Lanarkshire community health partnership unveiled a plaque commemorating the hospital’s achievement.

He said: “This award is testament to the professionalism of all the staff and to the leadership of the management team at Lockhart.

“A huge amount of hard work went into the accreditation process and the team clearly performed very well during the three day assessment.

“This programme has been a great way for moving the hospital forward and ensuring it provides the highest quality of patient care.

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this success.”

Lockhart Hospital follows in the footsteps of the other community hospitals in Clydesdale – Kello and Ladyhome – after they both successfully completed the HAP process.

Sister Fiona Kettle at Lockhart Hospital, who is from Carluke, praised the efforts of the team.

She said: “The teamwork has been brilliant and we managed to achieve this award in only six months.

“There has been a major refurbishment going on during this period but the staff coped with this while improving services and delivering first class patient care.

“Their enthusiasm for the programme was amazing and I could not fault their efforts. We are so proud of what the hospital has achieved.”

Maureen Taggart, service development manager, Clydesdale locality, added: “Many congratulation to Lockhart Hospital and the Friends of Lockhart for their continued support over the years.”

HAP accreditation is awarded by Caspe Healthcare Knowledge Systems (CHKS).

The company specialises in healthcare knowledge management systems and undertakes programmes of quality assurance and improvement for healthcare providers in the UK and internationally.

External examiners spent three days assessing all areas of the hospital including: patient services and experience; overall cleanliness; nursing, medical and allied health professionals’ skills and knowledge; support services; food; and health and safety.

The examiners spoke with team members about the various areas they were responsible for and were impressed by their enthusiasm, teamwork and the evidence they were presented with.

Julie Hyde, chairman of the CHKS Accreditation Awards Panal said: “Many congratulations to all members of staff at the hospital on achieving this award as it reflects the continuing commitment to quality improvement.”

Community hospitals have a crucial role to play in providing healthcare services in Lanarkshire.

In addition to providing a wide range of inpatient services to the local community Lockhart Hospital has 30 beds for acute medical patients and provides rehabilitation and terminal care.

The Lockhart team includes link staff that have been identified from the community mental health team for older people, addiction services, social care services and carers support groups to provide holistic care and improve the patients’ care while in the hospital.